JUVENTUS have claimed they never once considered hiring Manchester City chief Guardiola as their new manager to replace the departing Massimiliano Allegri.
The Italian giants’ sporting director, Fabio Paratici, denied rumours they were in for the Premier League-winning chief, calling it “strange”.
City themselves had earlier called reports of the approach an “unfounded rumour” after he clinched a famous domestic treble in 2018-19.
Alberto Galassi – a board member at the Prem champions – claimed: “I want to clarify what has been reported in the last few days and confirm what Guardiola said last week during the press conference.
“He wants to stay at Manchester City. Besides, a club like Juventus would not have allowed such a news to come out like this.
“Man City could not have been left out without knowing and being advised.
“This rumour is unfounded. It is unbelievable that the media pursue these kind of rumours. This is ridiculous. Guardiola wants to stay.
“He is a great professional and he can’t believe his words are not listened to.
“He does not want to leave. Therefore, the problem does not exist because the whole matter does not exist.”
And on Sunday, Paratici told DAZN: “I think we live in a strange world.
“We did not have any contact, we never even thought about it, because [Guardiola] is under contract.
“It all seems very strange to me.
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“We have clear ideas, we have already said it, we are doing our evaluations, and there are still many competitions in progress.
“Until all the competitions end, it seems to me right, out of respect for everyone to remain in this situation.”
Allegri took charge of his final match as Juventus boss at the weekend – a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria – to win the club’s eighth successive Serie A crown.
The Italian chief, 51, himself won five of those league crowns at Juve to go with his one further top-flight gong as AC Milan boss in 2010-11.